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South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula Tour
Cruise from £2,839 -
be invoiced and pay in your choice of currency GBP,
USD, EUR, AUD
13-day expedition departs from Ushuaia the most Southern
City in the world in order to cruise the South Shetland
Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula.
The Peninsula is a region with exceptionally plentiful wildlife and
a rich human history.
Part of the reward of arriving in Antarctica is the challenge
of negotiating the Drake Passage - and the M/S Expedition
will bring you there safely.
Encounter leopard seals lazing on ice floes and immense
rookeries of penguins surrounded by towering glaciers.
The Expedition’s expert guides and lecturers offer knowledge
and insights that really bring the nature and history of
the region to life and serve to create an adventure of a
- 11 nights on board ship
- 1 night accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
- Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition
- Lecture and educational programs
- Ushuaia transfer from airport for flights arriving
on Day 1
- Ushuaia transfer to airport depending on your
departure flight details
- Waterproof boots supplied (most sizes)
- Antarctica destination guide book
- All meals included on board the ship.
- Twin Share Hotel (1 night), On board the M/S
Expedition in quad, triple, twin-share cabins, or
suites (all with ensuite bathrooms and porthole
or a window) (11 nights). All cabins consist of
twin sized berths and are outside facing.
- 10:1 = Guest/Expedition staff ratio.
- Day 1 Arrive Ushuaia
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly
city. Arrive in Ushuaia at any time.
- Day 2 Ushuaia
Embarkation on the M/S Expedition
begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. We enjoy
the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.
- Day 3-4 The Drake Passage
Our adventure begins with
a 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name
of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake.
The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean.
Take in daily lectures from your expedition team and
keep an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs,
whales, and albatross following in the ship's wake.
- Day 5-10 The Antarctic Peninsula &
the South Shetland Islands
Experience some of the most
unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the
world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt
two shore landings per day (weather conditions permitting),
and encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries,
Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and orca, humpback
and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula
also has a remarkable human history. During the voyage
we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic
expeditions to this remote corner of the world.
- Day 11-12 The Drake Passage
Today we begin our journey
north to our home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights
of your Antarctic experience with our lecturers and
staff. Keep your eyes open on the observation deck for
some final whale sightings.
- Day 13 Depart Ushuaia
Disembark in the morning.
For this trip, cruise only
places start at £2,839 per person.
We are able to invoice you and
accept payment in GBP, USD, EUR or AUD. The total costs
for the trips will also include flights to and from
Ushuaia depending on your starting point.
cabin accommodations on the ship; all meals onboard;
all shore excursions; lectures and guide services; medical
service of the resident medical officer onboard; port
taxes and service charges.
Visa, passport and vaccination charges and airport departure
taxes. Items of a personal nature such as drinks from
the bar and purchases from the small on-board shop.
Gratuities to the ship crew
is left to the discretion of the passenger - there is
a very strong culture of tipping on such cruises however
and an amount of $10 - $15 per guest per day is normal.
This is paid on a honour system and is mainly split
between the service staff in the bar, restaurant etc.
Deposit of £300 to be
paid per person on definite booking (non-refundable)
Group size to be confirmed 120 days before start
of the trip
Full and final payment to be received
90 days before the start of the trip (non-refundable)
during trips ashore?
There is a rule applying to
tourist ships in Antarctica that no more than 100 tourists
may be ashore at a particular location at a particular
This means that on
smaller ships pretty much everyone who wants to go ashore
on a particular landing gets to do so without having
to wait around for others to return. This means the
maximum number of landings and the maximum Antarctic
Landings last about 2 - 3 hours and
are controlled by the crew of the ship, tourists are
not free to wander totally at will once ashore for their
own safety as the wider environment has cliffs, glaciers,
crevasses and other hazardous areas and features. Landings
are made in safe areas where there is plenty to see
and there are limitations set as to how far from the
landing point visitors may venture.
Expedition staff and naturalists accompany
The M/S Explorer is a comfortable
and capable means of delivering adventure to it's passengers
rather than being a glamorous cruise ship. All cabins
have been recently re-furbished, all have their own
bathroom facilities and an outside view.
Ships obviously have less available
space than the equivalent hotel say on land, so it is
to be expected that cabins are smaller than a hotel
room. Very few passengers spend much time in their cabins
MS EXPEDITION - Built for Adventure
- Fast - spend less time in transit and more time
- Sturdy - excellent stability and performance
in rough weather
- Safe - designed with safety in mind
- Responsible - environmental policies that meet
and exceed industry regulations
The M/S Expedition provides an intimate small-ship
cruising experience. Completely refurbished in 2009,
she boasts spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing
windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities.
Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic
views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's
most remote regions. The Expedition's spacious confines
can hold as many as 140 passengers, but our commitment
to keeping group sizes small means you'll never have
to share it with more than 131 others. Many expedition
cruise operators offer you a choice of space, comfort
or expertise; the M/S Expedition delivers all three
at a price few can top.
Facilities and Amenities
- 360° Observation Deck
Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck
- Fleet of 14 zodiacs
(inflatable boats used for journeys ashore and
cruising amongst ice) with four stroke engines
- Large headed Mud Room
(to get kitted up and de-kitted without having
to do it in your cabin)
- Lonely Planet Library
- Discovery Lounge
- Fine dining
- international cuisine in one sitting
- Large aft deck with barbeque facilities
- Polar Bear Pub
- Gift Shop
- Medical Clinic
- Computer Room with internet where available
With a focus on safety, comfort
and the unique demands of polar travel, the crew of
the M/S Expedition is committed to the ship’s continued
- Forward-looking sonar reduces the risk of its grounding
on uncharted reefs or rocks.
- Designed to Ice Class 1B specifications for service
in sea ice.
- Four totally covered lifeboats provide capacity for
all passengers and crew, while six life rafts boast a
capacity of 150 persons.
Full immersion cold weather survival suits for
all passengers and crew
- Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972,
refitted in 2009
- Ice Class: Swedish / Finnish 1B
- Length: 105m (345 ft)
- Breadth: 18.6m (61 ft)
- Max Draft: 4.7m (15 ft)
- Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT
- Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots
- Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown / AEG
- Max Group Size: 132 (Max Passenger Capacity: 140)
- Crew: 55
Please note, the details on
this page apply to this particular ship and
Other ships and itineraries are
available which will differ in their details, dates
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